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Vol 3 (AAC) No 9

Published 1st July 2010

Wang Gang

Vice-Chairman, National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China

A pillar of China's diplomacy is the cultivation of links between the Chinese Communist Party and the ruling parties of its allies. The strategy has become more nuanced, as seen during Wang Gang's 28 May-8 June trip to Africa. In Zimbabwe, Wang toasted CCP-Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front ties but made time for a quiet visit to opposition leader and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. In Kenya, the joys of power sharing were honoured as Wang pledged cooperation with the Party of National Unity, Orange Democratic Movement and ODM-Kenya. However, a few days later in Egypt, the opposition did not merit even a nod.

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